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Việt Nam: Nói KHÔNG với túi nylon vì một năm con Rồng thịnh vượng

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Ca sỹ Ngọc Khuê, MC Mỹ Linh cùng 80 tình nguyện viên, khiêu vũ và tham gia vào dự án "Tôi ghét nilon"

Những ngày này, trong khi đa số người dân ở Việt Nam đang quây quần bên gia đình đón năm mới thì hàng trăm bạn trẻ tại Hà Nội lại lao ra đường để tham gia vào một dự án cộng đồng nhằm giảm thiểu sử dụng túi nylon trong thành phố.

Dự án Tôi Ghét Nylon (túi nhựa là thường được gọi là túi nylon tại Việt Nam) nhằm nâng cao nhận thức của người dân Việt Nam về nguy cơ của việc sử dụng túi nylon thông qua nhiều hoạt động cộng đồng trước Tết Nguyên đán, kỳ nghỉ lớn nhất tại Việt Nam khi người dân tiêu thụ rất nhiều túi nylon.

Dự án được khởi động vào đúng ngày Tết Ông Công, Ông Táo năm nay, là ngày 16/1/2012 theo Dương lịch. Theo truyền thuyết, vào ngày này, ba vị thần bếp núc lại cưỡi cá chép bay về trời và báo cáo những gì chủ nhà đã làm trong năm qua trên những con cá chép. Người dân có thói quen thả ba con cá chép và tro hương xuống hồ nhằm “tiễn ông Táo về trời”. Trước đây - khi túi nylon chưa phổ biến, người dân vẫn thường thả cá bằng bát hoặc chậu. Mấy năm trở lại đây, túi nylon ngày càng được dung nhiều hơn để thay thế. Vì vậy mà sau mỗi dịp Tết Ông Công Ông Táo, các hồ trong thành phố đều tràn ngập túi nylon.

New Year’s resolution: Shine a light to reduce corruption in Vietnam

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This traditional Vietnamese print depicts corruption in the form of rats bribing a cat in order to celebrate a wedding.

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As Vietnam sits on the cusp of becoming a middle income country, reflections on achievements and emerging challenges is inevitable. Like a runner with tremendous stamina, Vietnam has made great strides in reducing poverty and in maintaining economic growth even through a global downturn. At the same time, we know that Vietnam continues to face formidable challenges, among them corruption.

Nghị quyết năm mới: Hãy chiếu ánh sáng nhằm giảm tham nhũng tại Việt Nam

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Việt Nam đã trở thành một quốc gia có thu nhập trung bình và cùng với đó phải là quá trình nhìn lại những thành tựu cũng như nhận diện được những thách thức mới. Cũng giống như một vận động viên với sức chịu đựng dẻo dai, Việt Nam đã có những bước tiến lớn trong việc giảm nghèo và duy trì tăng trưởng kinh tế, thậm chí qua cả thời kỳ suy thoái toàn cầu. Nhưng chúng ta cũng biết rằng, Việt Nam đang tiếp tục phải đối mặt với những thách thức lớn, trong đó có tham nhũng.

Tujuh tahun kemudian: Mengingat tsunami di Aceh

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Jumlahnya terus meningkat. Pada awalnya dilaporkan 13.000 jiwa. Keesokan harinya menjadi 25.000. Lalu dilaporkan kembali 58.000. Di penghujung minggu, pada tanggal 1 Januari 2005, jumlah korban tsunami di Asia telah mencapai 122.000. Dan jumlah tersebut terus meningkat, tidak ada satu orang pun yang tahu kapan jumlah tersebut akan berhenti meningkat.

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Seven years on: Remembering the tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia

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The number just kept getting bigger and bigger. At first it was a staggering 13,000. The next day, over 25,000. And then, 58,000. By the end of the week, on January 1st, 2005, the death toll of the Asian Tsunami had reached 122,000. Yet the number kept climbing, and nobody knew when it would stop. 

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Fighting HIV/AIDS in Thailand: can distributing clean needles ever be as easy as giving out condoms?

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When I think of HIV/AIDs, symbols pop into my mind: the red looped ribbon and the free condom. They’re actually a good representation of what Thailand is doing best to combat the epidemic- massive information campaigns and the 100% Condom Program which saw the dramatic decline of HIV/AIDS among sex workers.

However, those symbols faded in my mind after I visited an old, impoverished part of Bangkok and met the people who currently are the most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS- the injection drug users.

 

HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases are transmitted when needles are shared. Under influence, many users are also likely to have unprotected sex.  There are programs called ‘harm reduction’ where drug users are provided with clean needles, syringes, and condoms to avoid transmission. Condom distribution is easy but needles are another issue.  

 

Shoe molds and scuba divers: How natural disasters affect our supply chains

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Like the massive earthquake in Japan earlier this year, the floods in Thailand are again exposing the vulnerabilities of fragmented global supply chains.

Last month, a team of economists from the World Bank’s International Trade Department encountered some flooding side-effects during a visit to the Indonesian production site for ECCO, a Danish company that manufactures footwear. In order to transfer production to the factory in Indonesia, the workers needed the specific shoe molds used in the Thai factory. But there was a problem: The Thai factory was under three meters of water.

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